How to raise appreciative children

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A New York college student has become the target of online haters after writing an essay for Thought Catalog. It's title? "I'm not going to pretend that I'm poor to be accepted by you."

"I am sorry that I was born into great financial circumstances and my father likes to provide for me," Rachel Sacks wrote. "I am sorry I don’t have to go to a state school to save my parents money. What do you want from me? People shouldn’t make others feel bad about their own personal finances."

3TV's Kaley O'Kelley sat down with Larry Winget, known as the pitbull of personal development™, to get his take on Sacks, as well as tips on raising appreciative children.

1. Teach them to always say Please and Thank you. When they first start to talk is the time. Force them to acknowledge that others are doing things for them and to recognize that with a response.

2. Teach perspective. Show them how fortunate you are to have what you have (regardless of how little that might be).

3. Teach them about money. Where it comes from, how to budget, how to spend wisely and how to save. Very few parents spend time teaching their kids about money.

4. Make them earn their money. Teach them what it means to save up for something and to sacrifice.

5. Teach them that everyone has value based on their humanity, not their "stuff."

Winget is the author of six best-selling books, including "Your Kids Are Your Own Fault.." His latest is called "Grow a Pair."